Does PONCHO have what it takes? Low level?

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Does PONCHO have what it takes? Low level?

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        03-20-2014, 02:42 PM
    Green Broke
    Talking Does PONCHO have what it takes? Low level?

    Well, Im not sure what I am going to do with Sunny and I gave him a break because of the Chiropractor and started riding my other horse.

    Now after working with Poncho for the past 2 months consistently this is what I have:). I am very proud of what I have done with him and I hope to go this both our first show March 29th:)...

    Anyways thoughts welcome:). It is a short video but you can still he how he moves. He is 9 to if that helps.

    And if that doesnt work

    IMG_3275_zps900edd7d.mp4 Video by sjsj_2009 | Photobucket

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        03-20-2014, 02:52 PM
    Are you looking for a critique on your riding or the horse? I could only access the short clip of him jogging.
        03-20-2014, 03:05 PM
    Green Broke
    Yes sorry its a short video. Let me find a a longer one. I am looking to see if people would think he would make it in lower level Western Pleasure classes or higher classes with work:)
        03-20-2014, 03:21 PM
    Green Broke

    This is when I first started working with him.. and the next one is the funny lope he has going? Is this a 'in pain lope' or could it be because of his headset?

        03-20-2014, 05:30 PM
    Only thing I see is his head needs to get down, all I do is since my wp horse only raises her head in the lope... trot around and half flex right and left don't worry too much about the trot going slow it will speed up. This also helps to teach them not to use their neck and head And use their body .hope this helps good luck!!! Overall I think he can do it!!
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        03-21-2014, 01:31 PM
    Green Broke
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        03-21-2014, 03:52 PM
    Hard to judge from an 11 second clip, but looks like a reasonably nice cadence to his jog. The obvious first glance issue is that one second his head is too high with his nose pointed out, the next he's reaching down way too low to the ground (good if you're crossing a bridge in trail class, not good for a rail class.) That drastic inconsistency won't cut it at even entry-level shows. Even a consistently too-high head would be a better looking ride, IMO.

    Proper training on how to use his body for reach, balance and collection should naturally lead to a more consistent head and neck carriage. Find a trainer to help you keep trying, he's a cute horse!
        03-23-2014, 02:32 PM
    This horse is more suited to WP than your other horse. However, you need to work on that lope, but you know that. You need to get him to use his body and then he'll break at the wither and relax his neck and head. Right now, his back is dropped, he's way above the bit and locked in his front end, and not driving with his hock. But once you get him to use his hock, round his back and get some flexibility in his shoulders....he won't do that "hoppy" thing with his front end. He's PULLING himself along because his backend is not engaged.
        03-23-2014, 07:02 PM
    Green Broke
    Thank you, what can I do at the trot to help engage the hind more? I'll try and get a newest video thing tomorrow after school:)
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